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Sep 19

Dehydrating peaches

In an attempt to put up as many peaches as possible and enjoy them through the winter, I’ve started dehydrating a large portion of what I’ve been getting from the farmer’s market. Using my new Nesco dehydrator, I”ve finished one batch already, and have a large bag from this past weeks market that will need to be done tomorrow.

To prepare the peaches for dehydrating, I first blanch them for 1 minute to facilitate removal of the skin. Then I cut in half, remove the stone, and then quarters or eighths depending on the size of the peach. Immediately after slicing, I move them into a bowl of 50:50 lemon juice:water mix. I let them sit at least 5 minutes, until I am ready to place on my trays. I move the pre-treated slices onto paper towels with a slotted spoon to drain the excess for a minute before moving to my trays, and then once all were ready to go in, I set my temperature at 135F. Peaches need between 6-20 hours. I checked mine a couple of times, and think they were in approximately 16-18 hours. I then vacuum sealed the final product. I’ll open this first batch up this week to rehydrate a few to see how they turn out for baking with. But the dried fruit is certainly yummy too.

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After blanching to remove the skin.

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Pretreating the slices in lemon juice solution, to prevent oxidation and browning.

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Draining excess lemon juice before loading up the trays.

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Trays loaded and ready to go.

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The final product in the bag before vacuum sealing.

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  1. Christie

    Thanks for sharing!!! They look great! Let me know how they turn out for baking. Is a dehydrator expensive? I know its worth the money with all you can do with it. You may have to be my teacher! :) Keep posting Girl!!

    1. Michelle

      The one I bought is a Nesco fr 75pr 700-watt food dehydrator, amd it was around $50. I’ve seen them run as high as a couple hundred dollars. For my kitchen needs, and based on a friend’s recommendation, I thought this would do the job. It comes with 5 trays and two roll up inserts, and is expandable, so i think its a good investment!

  2. I Love Dehydrated Foods

    At our church we are constantly talking about the importance of food storage and how we need to be prepared. I have been searching for someone that talks about cooking and using dehydrated vegetables. I really didn’t think it would be that hard to find but you would be suprised. Thanks for the great advise and tips!

    1. Michelle

      Dehydrating food is great – I can’t wait for spring to really put my dehydrater to work!

    2. cecil

      you can dehydrate just about any fruit or veggy , it just takes a bit of experimenting to find what results you like best to suit your family.

  3. Jan

    These dried peaches look wonderful! I make these a lot with our handy and reliable food dehydrator and kids in our house can’t have enough.

    1. Michelle

      We love dehydrated fruit for snacks too. So far, I think strawberries are the kids’ favorites.

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